Minnesota New Institute for Ceramic Education (MN NICE)

Posted on February 27, 2014

Northern Clay Center is thrilled to announce Minnesota New Institute for Ceramic Education—MN NICE. Offered in collaboration with ceramic artist and educator, Ursula Hargens, this advanced ceramics studio program will provide up to 8...

Joan Mondale

Posted on February 4, 2014

One of NCC’s founding members and a long-time advocate for the arts, Joan Mondale, passed away February 3, at the age of 83.  She was often called “Joan of Art” for her tireless efforts to promote, advance, support the arts, both close to home and on a national scale.  Her work with Northern Clay Center began during the Center’s formative years...

Spring 2014 Director's Report

Posted on February 4, 2014

Internally, we refer to it as “strategic objective #2”; the second of our four recently adopted operational objectives for the next 3 – 5 years of NCC’s existence; the objective whose success or failure is the most visible to our constituents. “Increase visitors, sales, and organizational visibility through renovation of physical facility and a...

Earth and Water: A Ceramic Art Workshop and Willem Gebben Exhibition at The Phipps

Posted on January 14, 2014

An exhibition of Willem Gebben's work is  on view at The Phipps through February 9 as part of a three-year exhibition partnership between Northern Clay Center and The Phipps in Hudson, WI. This project is aimed at increasing the profile of ceramic artists located throughout the lower St. Croix River Valley watershed. This cross-state...

NCC Welcomes McKnight Resident Artist Sanam Emami

Posted on January 7, 2014

Northern Clay Center is happy to welcome 2013 McKnight Residency recipient Sanam Emami, who will join us during the cold and snowy months of January, February, and March....

Posted in Artist Grants

Sequoia Miller Lecture

Posted on December 27, 2013

Sequoia Miller presented a lecture entitled Thinking About Contemporary Pots at Northern Clay Center's 2013 American Pottery Festival. An excerpt of the lecture has been published in the 2014 Winter/Spring Studio Potter ( The entirety of the lecture can...

NCC on Heavy Table

Posted on December 12, 2013

Northern Clay Center is proud to have a sponsored post on Heavy Table's website.  The post explores the relationship between the food we eat and the wares on which we present said food, and raises the question: how do you incorporate handmade pottery into your life? Check out ...

Artist Interviews

Posted on November 25, 2013

The Holiday Sale is a great time to re-connect with artists who have previously sold pottery at NCC. It is also an exciting opportunity to introduce new artists to the gallery—keeping the cupboard full of fresh ideas and pots for our shoppers. NCC’s Gallery Manager, Karen McPherson (KM), interviewed a few of this year’s featured holiday artists...

Posted in Sales Gallery, Community Interviews

Director's Report

Posted on November 25, 2013

By the time this newsletter finds its way into your hands, we’ll likely be in the midst of early winter (at least in the Midwest we’ll be)…snow starting to fall…the autumn mums already...

New 2014 Gallery Artists

Posted on November 25, 2013

This January, new artists will join the year-round gallery roster. These artists were juried into the gallery last summer, selected out of a pool of over 50 applicants. Some of these artists have been making pots for years, some are very young, some we have invited to be past Featured Artists, and some have been with us at a past holiday show...

Posted in Sales Gallery